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Casey rallies from four shots back to win Irish Open

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MAYNOOTH, Ireland -- Paul Casey made a 60-foot eagle putt on the 18th hole at Carton House and won the Irish Open on Sunday by three strokes.

The 35-year-old Englishman, who was four shots behind at the start of the final round, shot a 5-under 67-- including five birdies in six holes midway through.

Casey finished with a 14-under 274 to clinch his 14th career title.

"I've never holed a putt like that to win a tournament," Casey said. "I've always felt so at home here, so winning today is like a home victory."

Casey was sidelined with a shoulder injury at the start of 2012 after a snowboarding accident. It's his first win since the 2011 season-opening Volvo Champions event in Bahrain.

From a high of No. 3, Casey had dropped to near 200th on the rankings while the 2009 Shell Houston Open winner also lost his PGA Tour card. He arrived in Ireland lying 169th and is now determined to break back into the top 50 and get back on the PGA Tour.

"This almost feels like a first win again," Casey said. "This is a huge relief, knowing that I'm moving in the right direction, that I've got great golf left in me for another 10 plus years."

The victory will move Casey back inside the top 100 along with the assurance of a place in the Aug. 8-11 PGA Championship at Oak Hill.

England's Robert Rock (71) and overnight leader Dutchman Joost Luiten (74) were second on 11-under.

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